If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
EMILE ZOLA

Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age

Christopher Booker UK

"I have been following this (wind turbine) extraordinary story for ten years ever since, in 2002, I first began looking carefully at what really lay behind this deceptive obsession with the charms of wind power. It didn’t take me long, talking to experts and reading up on the technical facts, to see that the fashionable enthusiasm for wind energy was based on a colossal illusion. I first warned about what I called ‘the greatest mistake in our history’ in an article in the Mail almost ten years ago.
I described the claim that it would be the answer to all our future energy problems as a catastrophic failure of judgment. I feared that windpower was stupendously inefficient and ludicrously expensive and that by falling for the greatest energy hoax of our time, the Labour government could be consigning Britain to a very dark future. So unreliable are wind turbines — thanks to the wind’s constant vagaries — that they are one of the most inefficient means of producing electricity ever devised."


"The erection of a wind turbine creates apprehension in the general public, which makes the property less desirable and thus diminishes the prices of neighbouring property...” “Continuing scientific uncertainty over the adverse health consequences of wind turbines only serves to perpetuate the debilitating effect of wind turbines on property prices.”
Ben Lansink, Appraiser

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Tourism

Published on Dec 11, 2012

To: First Minister Alex Salmond and Minister Fergus Ewing

In 1849, John Muir, a young Scotsman emigrated to America with his family. He went on to become the driving force behind the protection of many of the national parks, forests and other pristine areas of wilderness here in the United States.

Canadian born James B. Harkin, a disciple of John Muir, shared his fervent belief in the recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual values of unspoiled… Continue reading

26 November 2012

http://www.buteman.co.uk

A former chief executive of the tourist board covering Bute has added his voice to those opposing plans for a wind farm at Ascog.

James Fraser, who was the head of Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs Tourist Board until its abolition in 2005, says he is “in no doubt” that the proposed development of three turbines at Ascog Hill, each measuring 74 metres from ground to blade tip, “would have an adverse impact… Continue reading

November 27, 2012

Ruth Farquhar, for The Sudbury Star

http://www.thesudburystar.com

Manitoulin Island will never be the same. When I read the headline in the local press that the McLean’s Mountain wind turbine project has been given approval, my heart sank a little.

The provincial government has given the project the green light.

The Green Energy portfolio is turning out to be a huge mistake. Gas plants are costing taxpayers millions of dollars and the wind and solar companies are being… Continue reading

December 9, 2009

By Julianna Priskin

http://tourismintelligence.ca

 

63% of tourists preferred a landscape free of wind turbines from the hotel bedroom, while 28% were neutral and 9% were positive. The authors suggest visitor perceptions about wind farms are based on where they are. Thus, opinions about wind farms are likely to change if one has a passing view for a few seconds while driving by compared to having a longer, static view from a hotel room. (Scotland referenced… Continue reading

March 16, 2004

BEACON HILL STUDY Beacon Hill Institute Study: Cape Wind Proposal fails Costs Benefits Test. Nantucket Sound study finds economic costs of the project exceed benefits by 211.8 Million.

Free But Costly, a study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University finds that a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound fails a cost-benefit test of the kind recommended by the U.S. government for assessing large-scale projects.

 

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24 April 2012

By IAN GARLAND

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

  • 250 turbines planned for stretch of Dorset coastline
  • Protest group create video to show how how it’ll dwarf tourist sites

Plans to build the world’s largest wind farm at one of Britain’s top tourist attractions are facing new opposition after protestors mocked up a video showing how the giant turbines will ‘blight’ the area.

The controversial project will see 250, 450ft turbines built a few miles off Britain’s heavily-protected Jurassic Coast… Continue reading

25 APRIL 2012

http://www.independent.co.uk

Mr. Trump is an outspoken critic of wind farms and bitterly opposes an offshore turbine development near the site of his golf course in Aberdeenshire. He said: “This is a very, very serious problem that we are addressing. In my opinion, it is one of the most serious problems that Scotland will have or has had.” He offered support to technologies such as wind and wave, but warned: “Wind turbines, made in China, are going to… Continue reading

May 22nd, 2012

By 

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk

In his submission to MSPs, Mr Trump, chairman and chief executive officer of the Trump Organisation, argued that tourists will not travel to Scotland to “look at ugly turbines”. He said that when faced with “these industrial monstrosities” on the countryside and coastline, visitors will “hate it and go elsewhere”. The American businessman urged the committee to “recognize the serious situation and to advise the Scottish Government not to destroy Scotland… Continue reading

November 19, 2012

By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard

http://www.thewhig.com/2012/11/19/anti-wind-turbine-group-sends-letter-to-minister

KINGSTON – A group that opposes the proposed building of wind turbines on Amherst Island hopes a letter to the provincial government will discourage it from approving a wind project planned for the island.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., through its subsidiary Windlectric Inc., is planning to erect 33 to 37 wind turbines on the island, each of which would stand 50 storeys high, that would generate… Continue reading

January 11, 2008

Author:  Selman, Sue

 http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/northwest-oklahoma-last-great-place-to-ruin/

We have not heard the other side of this story. So, I am going out on a limb to get that information to the people about loss of hunting, loss of the public hunting areas, loss of wildlife habitat, loss of tourism, loss of property values, and the technological weaknesses of the wind industry.
(Sue  Selman, Oklahoma, speech to Rotary Club)

Will Rogers once said, “Even if you are… Continue reading